Liverpool step up interest in English wonder kid
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is stepping up his chase for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes, according to reports.
The 18-year-old, who has drawn comparisons with England captain Steven Gerrard, is seen as a potential long-term replacement for the Liverpool legend, according to the Mirror.
The Rams midfielder has already represented England at both under-17 and under-21 level.
Rodgers is reported by the newspaper to have sent chief scout Dave Fallows to watch Hughes during Tuesday night’s Championship draw at Bolton Wanderers.
The youngster limped out of the game after 50 minutes with a hip injury, but had already shown his talent, providing an assist for a Johnny Russell goal during the 2-2 draw.
However, the Anfield club could face competition for the midfielder’s signature from Merseyside rivals Everton.
The newspaper reports that Roberto Martinez had dispatched a two-man delegation from Goodison to keep track on the progress of the Derby star.
Liverpool though remain favourites to land Hughes, with a move possible in the January transfer window, the paper claims.
Hughes is a technically sound player, with a good range of passing. The Rams midfielder has admitted that he bases his game on Barcelona’s possession football, and Spanish stars Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
The Surrey-born player would definitely suit Rodgers’ approach, with the Reds manager known to favour playing a passing style of football.
The England under-21 international signed a one-year contract extension in April, committing his future to Derby until June 2016.
Although Liverpool have been tracking Hughes for some time, the report claims they will make their move for the player only when the time and price are right.